Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust
Dr Ganesan Baranidharan is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Leeds.
He is active in research and teaching. Most of his research activities are on Neuropathic pain and Neuromodulation. He has a special interest in managing pain of visceral origin. He has had a significant contribution in developing a National Neuromodulation Registry for the United Kingdom.
He is currently the Regional advisor for Pain Medicine in Yorkshire and also teaches in various courses nationally and internationally. He has successfully run his annual cadaver workshop in Leeds for the last 11 years. He is an elected Board member and Examiner for the Faculty of Pain Medicine and President Elect for the Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland. He enjoys cycling, running, cricket and Badminton in his spare time.
Evolve Restorative Center
Dr Jason Pope is the President and CEO of Evolve Restorative Center in Northern California, USA with offices across Sonoma County. He is the President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and serves the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) as an ex-officio Director-at Large, Advocacy and Policy Committee Co-chair, and is the Annual Meeting Co-Chair.
He serves as a Director at Large for the International Neuromodulation Society, is the Co-Chair for the CME committee, the Co-Chair for the Pre-Conference Training Workshop in the biennial Meeting in Sydney, Australia, and the Cho-Chair for the Young Neuromodulation Committee. He also is the Co-Founder the Special Interest Group in Neuromodulation for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA).
Dr Pope has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, while working with medical device start companied and established industry partners up to provide strategic planning and execution for patient centric adoption and supportive patient outcomes.
Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute
Dr Ali Rezai leads the comprehensive and integrated clinical and research programs in the neurosciences at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. He also serves as Associate Dean and the John D. Rockefeller IV tenured professor in neuroscience at the WVU School of Medicine.
His clinical areas of expertise include the neurosurgical and neuromodulation management of patients with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as severe mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr Rezai has been a significant leader in the novel and innovative use of brain implants for treating Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. His work is recognised across the globe, and his research involving a brain-computer interface to treat paralysis was published in the journal Nature last year and also generated front-page news in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.
Interventus Pain Specialists
Melissa Cohen is a nurse with a special interest in the management of persistent pain. After graduating from the University of Southern Queensland in 1997, Melissa began her career at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and has since gained extensive local and international experience in the field of persistent pain. She has a special interest in interventional procedures for pain management.
Briz Brain & Spine
Dr Terry Coyne qualified as a neurosurgeon in 1991, having trained in Australia and completed a two year Fellowship in Canada at the University of Toronto. He is currently Associate Professor and lead neurosurgeon in the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation, a division of the Queensland Brain Institute within the University of Queensland.
Dr Coyne has long had an interest in deep brain stimulation (DBS), and has performed >1000 DBS procedures. Current research includes participation in randomised trials of DBS for obsessive-compulsive disorder and anorexia nervosa.
Dr Coyne is a member of the Boards of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and the Asian Australasian Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, being the immediate past-President of the Asian Australasian Society.
In 2017 Dr Coyne was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to neurosurgery.
Brisbane Private Hospital
Clare Dal Bon is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and Master of Philosophy student at the Queensland University of Technology. Prior to beginning her research project, Clare worked at BackSpace clinics, a spine rehabilitation facility that aims to optimise patient rehabilitation with a multidisciplinary approach. Clare worked at BackSpace for two years before deciding to begin her research journey which would see her undertaking a project aimed at introducing coping strategies into acute post-operative care for patients with high anxiety and depression scores.
Professor Kirsty Forrest is Dean of Medicine at Bond University and Treasurer of the Executive Committee of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ). Kirsty is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Gold Coast University Hospital and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). She is also a member of the Education, Development and Evaluation Committee and a lead facilitator for the educator program of ANZCA.
Her research focus is Medical Education and she is co-author and editor of several best-selling medical textbooks including ‘Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice’ and ‘Healthcare Simulation at a Glance’. Professor Forrest is also Chair of the Medical Education Collaboration Committee (MECC) of MDANZ. Prior to joining Bond as Dean of Medicine, Professor Forrest was Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, and Professor of Health and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University.
Wesley Medical Centre
Dr Anthony J Kiosoglous ( MBBS(Hons) BSc(Hons) BMedSc FRACS(Urology)) is a Urological and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is Brisbane trained and completed a two-year fellowship in London, at Guy’s & St Thomas, and University College Hospital.
His sub-specialty interests include Urinary Incontinence & Prolapse Repairs, Erectile Dysfunction, Neuro-Urology, Urodynamics, and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.He is an International Presenter and Publisher; and is a reviewer of multiple Surgical and Urological International Journals.
Dr Kiosoglous is an Elected Qld Committee Representative of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and a member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Rhea Liang is a general and breast surgeon on the Gold Coast, a surgical educator, and a diversity advocate. She has co-developed a number of educational courses for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in which principles of equity are embedded.
She is active in research, thought leadership and social media about diversity issues which are aligned with the RACS Diversity and Inclusion plan. She chairs the RACS Operating With Respect education committee which since 2015 has delivered a mandatory online module to >7000 surgeons in Australia and New Zealand, developed a mandatory face-to-face workshop for approximately 600 surgeons in leadership positions, launched the Speak Up app, and is in the process of developing an Operate With Respect course for trainees.
She is neurodiverse herself, so if you see her crocheting during the conference, she is managing cognitive noise to enhance her ability to concentrate on what is going on!
Brisbane Private Hospital
Dr Paul Licina is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the spine surgeon behind SpinePlus. He treats all spinal conditions and his primary interest is in degenerative spine problems. Dr Licina conducts research at the Brisbane Private Hospital and his current projects involve a comparison of bone graft products for lumbar fusion surgery and accelerated rehabilitation after surgery.
Craig Moy’s professional experience covered 25 years in medical devices across Australia, Asia and the USA, working in and leading teams across commercial strategy, health economics, industry and government engagement delivered with the Medical Technology Association of Australia.
Following his role as Country Manager for Smith & Nephew he lead the commercial operations for Australia’s leading NFP clinical research entity the Garvan Institute of Medical Research including establishing the narrative underpinning the $500M Federal commitment to advance clinical integration of Genomics.
Craig is currently the MD of a pharmacogenomics business partnered with the Mayo Clinic and a member of an economic advisory practice, with a personal focus on health outcomes data. He is the consultant Director of Market Access and Reimbursement for Private Healthcare Australia, the advocacy body for Private Health Insurers and a member of the ministerial appointed Prosthetic List Advisory Committee, and is a representative on a number of Industry working groups on the future funding model for Medical Devices in Australia.
Dr Samantha Pillay MBBS FRACS, is the Director of Continence Matters, specialising in Female Urology and Urodynamcis which she established in 2002. A 1992 Adelaide University Medical School graduate she undertook subspecialty training in Female Urology after completing FRACS Urology. Dr Pillay was the Chair of the Female Urology Special Advisory Group for the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand from 2007-2013 and has held various board and committee positons including; Continence Foundation Australia (National and SA), Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (National and SA), AMA (SA). Dr Pillay is involved in teaching sacral neuromodulation techniques.
Hunter Pain Specialists
Dr Marc Russo is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Newcastle NSW. He is the Director of Hunter Pain Specialists, Genesis Research Services, Hamilton Day Surgery Centre and Co-Director of the Innervate Pain Management Program. He believes that clinical diligence, early intervention, education and research in the field of pain management are integral to successfully treating patients suffering from chronic persistent pain. He has a special interest and expertise in neuromodulation, particularly spinal cord stimulation.
Interventus Pain Specialists
Amy Underwood is an endorsed Counselling Psychologist, specialising in pain management in adult populations.
Amy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, following with a Masters of Counselling Psychology from QUT and Master of Science in Medicine (PainMgt) from Sydney University.
Amy has a broad employment experiencing including work within rehabilitation, research, chronic disease management, health promotion, adult mental health, and more recently, private practice. Additionally, Amy is a supervisor with the University of Queensland Master program. Amy has full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS College of Counselling Psychologists and the Australian Pain Society. Amy utilises a integrated therapeutic approach from evidenced based principles for management of persistent pain.
A/Prof Michael Vagg, is a consultant in rehabilitation and pain medicine. He graduated from Monash University in 1994 and spent several years as a uniformed Medical Officer in the RAAF before undertaking vocational training. Michael completed a Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) in 2004 and gained Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2006. Michael is also a Director of Pain Matrix and Pain Matrix Eastern.
He holds an appointment as Conjoint Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University School of Medicine. For the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), he has been a Board member since 2013 and is currently the Vice Dean. Michael is a regular contributor to the media discussing various medical-related topics
Metro Pain Group
Dr Rob Wright matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas as a presidential scholar in 1983 completing his M.D. degree in 1987. Subsequent training in anesthesiology and chronic pain management was accomplished at the University of Utah. After service in the US Air Force, Dr Wright entered practice as a pain specialist in 1995 and contributed to evolving regional and national standards of care in interventional pain management.
In the early 2000’s Dr Wright co-directed the emerging pain clinic at Cedars-Sinai hospital and is proud of his role in creating their world-class pain management department.
He is a recognized pioneer and innovator having contributed many novel techniques and new technologies to the field of pain management. Dr Wright is now affiliated with the Metro Pain Group in Melbourne, Australia and actively involved in physician education, research, and device development.